Championship League Darts: Michael van Gerwen battles back to beat Peter Wright
Last Updated: October 18, 2013 4:12pm
Michael van Gerwen: Had to battle back from two legs down in both the semi-final and final
Michael van Gerwen booked his place in the Championship League Darts Winners Group by taking Group Five at Crondon Park.
The Dutchman, had lost in finals to Andy Hamilton and Terry Jenkins over the previous four days of the internet-streamed event but finally qualified at the fifth time of asking.
He finished second to Peter Wright in the final league table, winning five of his seven games, before coming from 4-2 down to knock out Mervyn King in the semi-finals.
'Mighty Mike' also found himself trailing to Wright by the same scoreline in the final, only to then come storming back to see off the Scotsman.
Van Gerwen produced a a 12-dart finish to make it four legs apiece, then did the same again to move ahead.
He went even better in the 10th leg, needing just 11 darts to seal a brilliant win.
Hard few days
"It's been a very hard few days, especially in the final today," said van Gerwen, who finished with an average of 110.95. "Both me and Peter were at the top of our game, and it was an amazing game.
"It's been an amazing five days for me, I've learned a lot and it was very hard to get through, but I finally made it."
Michael van Gerwen
"I'd lost twice in the final 6-5, so I'm very glad I won today. Peter is in great form and is doing well all the time, but I couldn't have done much better in the final few legs and I did it at the right time.
"It's been an amazing five days for me, I've learned a lot and it was very hard to get through, but I finally made it.
"I'm with the big boys in the final group now and I can have a couple of days off, and I know I'll be one of the favourites in that group, along with Phil."
Wright will be back in action for a third successive day after falling at the final hurdle; he had won six of his seven league games before knocking out Gary Anderson by a 6-3 scoreline in the semi-finals.
Anderson had won through to the last four for a second successive day, with his narrow 6-5 win over Kim Huybrechts in the final round of league games seeing him finish fourth ahead of the Belgian.
King will be back on Thursday to compete in a fourth group of this year's event. He will be joined by Huybrechts and Paul Nicholson, who survived ahead of Mark Webster and Ronnie Baxter on leg difference.
Also joining the five survivors in Group Six will be Colin Lloyd, debutant Ian White and Jamie Caven.